Adult fleas jump and land on your pet and can cause a lot of nasty issues very quickly. A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, which is 4,000 eggs in her lifetime! Eggs fall off your pet and develop into worm-like larvae, which hide in carpeting, furniture, bedding and other dark places. The larvae mature as they feed on fecal matter dropped by adult fleas, and the cycle continues.
Fleas cause itching, irritation and extreme discomfort and can sometimes lead to anemia, flea allergy dermatitis, Bartenellosis and other diseases. When ingested, fleas can spread tapeworm. Symptoms of flea infections include itching, scratching and an unusual amount of chewing and licking.
At Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to the health of your whole family. Preventing flea problems is important for you and your pet! In order to be truly effective, a year-round flea control program is necessary. There are many types and brands of flea prevention products available to pet owners, from unsafe over-the-counter products to a myriad of safe veterinary products.
With all of these choices, flea prevention has become a confusing issue. Murrayhill’s doctors have carefully reviewed all of the products that are currently available, and we recommend the products below. Keep in mind that topical flea prevention products leave a pesticide residue, which is a concern in households with small children.